Amazon Studios

Marie Curie is out of her element in Radioactive

Movie | The film has some surprises but is too unstable
by Bob Brown
Posted 7/30/20, 02:10 pm

“I want to tell you about radium,” Marie Curie, the Sorbonne’s first female professor, informs her class in 1906 in Paris. “A most remarkable element that doesn’t behave as it should.”

The new film Radioactive depicts Curie (Rosamund Pike) in much the same way. Independent, almost anti-social, Curie excelled at science in an era when the laboratory was pretty much a boy’s club. She was the first woman to receive a Nobel Prize, and one of only four people ever to win twice.

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Screen Media Films

Hollow action in The Outpost

Movie | Film shouldn’t be just another war movie, but its intensity lacks insight
by Megan Basham
Posted 7/29/20, 11:42 pm

It’s a little hard to understand what made The Outpost one of the best-reviewed releases of the last few months. Certainly the Afghan War drama, which hit streaming services on July 3, has the kind of pedigree the critical class would be most likely to praise. 

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Samuel Goldwyn Films

Telling the truth

Movie | Mr. Jones highlights the human cost of bearing false witness
by Megan Basham
Posted 7/16/20, 03:12 pm

“This is a chance to rebuild, to fight for the future,” a pretty, young Moscow reporter tells British freelancer Gareth Jones midway through the excellent 2019 film Mr. Jones. She’s convinced the Soviets are fighting for “the real people, the workers.” She tells herself that burying information on Stalin means restraining Hitler. She believes she’s a crusader on the right side of history, a moderating force for good.

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